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“Old Town Road” Will Never Die, But You Will

There's an outdoor pool up the street from my house, and the swim teachers there are pleasantly leathery middle-aged guys who like to play Eagles…
Tom Breihan | June 18, 2019 - 1:24 pm

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Ariana Grande In Brooklyn, Our Ponytail Queen At Her Fiercest

Ariana Grande’s presence is otherworldly. It feels electric being in the same room with the formidable singer who has time and time again told her…
Margaret Farrell | June 15, 2019 - 12:14 pm

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I BEHELD THE DIO HOLOGRAM, AND AM RETURNED TO TELL THEE

Dio was the first concert I ever went to, and the only one my dad ever took me to.
Phil Freeman | June 10, 2019 - 12:11 pm

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Frampton Comes Around

There are a million theories as to when exactly punk was born. Some say it was the moment when Richard Hell first used a safety…
Stuart Berman | June 6, 2019 - 11:44 am

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Tinder Is Even Worse At A Music Festival

The spectacle of the annual Governors Ball doesn’t lie in the performances. It’s in the swaths of neon-clad teens trekking across the RFK bridge from…
Julia Gray | June 5, 2019 - 11:23 am

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Kacey Musgraves’ Charm Offense Seizes Governors Ball

After noting that she just got back from an international tour, Kacey Musgraves shot the Governors Ball crowd a mile-wide smile, one of many, and…
Michael Tedder | June 2, 2019 - 3:37 pm

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Brockhampton Take Over Gov Ball

Brockhampton have already taken over the world. Not too long ago, they were just a bunch of kids from Texas chatting on a Kanye West…
Peter Helman | June 1, 2019 - 3:50 pm

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Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever Were Gov Ball 2019’s Standout Rock Act

If you take a look at the lineup poster for Governors Ball 2019, you'll notice there aren't a lot of big rock names in the…
Ryan Leas | June 1, 2019 - 11:28 am

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Napster Turns 20: A Eulogy For The First Free-Music File-Sharing Network

For all the institutions, fanbases, and cash-hungry industries that Napster tore apart, it's easy to forget that the file-sharing service -- the preliminary beta service…
Larry Fitzmaurice | May 31, 2019 - 9:26 am

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Rocketman Is Over-The-Top & Surprisingly Tender

You have a right to be nervous about Rocketman. The Elton John biopic arrives at a time in which critical stock in rockstar biopics has…
Larry Fitzmaurice | May 30, 2019 - 11:00 am

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Just Like Heaven: Thoughts From The Ground At The Blog-Rock Nostalgia Festival

Woodstock 50 is imploding before our eyes, but the latest attempt to harvest summer of '69 nostalgia was always going to be a gamble. Obtaining…
Ian Cohen | May 8, 2019 - 12:20 pm

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The Secret To Mac DeMarco’s Baffling Success

Admit it: You didn't expect Mac DeMarco to stick around this long. That's not a thinly veiled reference to the accidental indie scion's smoke-'em-while-you-got-'em tendencies,…
Larry Fitzmaurice | May 8, 2019 - 10:02 am

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“All Star,” “Smooth,” “Mambo No. 5,” And Why 1999 Hits Are So Memeable

When Charli XCX and Troye Sivan dropped their collaborative single "1999" last fall, I didn't think much of it. (Initially, anyway.) Coming off of an…
Larry Fitzmaurice | May 3, 2019 - 11:40 am

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Suicide, Mental Illness, & Music 25 Years After Kurt Cobain’s Death

Shortly after the 2017 suicides of Soundgarden's Chris Cornell and Linkin Park's Chester Bennington, the air was thick with talk of clinical depression, artists and…
Christopher R. Weingarten | May 2, 2019 - 12:34 pm

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Ugh Taylor What The Hell Are You Doing?

The Taylor Swift I love loves specifics: old scarves that remind you of innocence and 20 stitches in a hospital room and screaming, crying, perfect…
James Rettig | April 26, 2019 - 10:51 am
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